The Night Eternal
At the very END of the book, the climax...the MASTER is in a titantic battle with Mr. Quinlan. The book notes at least a few time that Mr. Quinlan, The BORN, is immune to blood worms. So how does the master's worms infect and take control of him right before the bomb goes off? (hide spoiler)]
This book is FULL of plot holes - like suddenly, an epidemiologist is a freaking ninja, able to wield a sword against tens of vampires at the same time (even though said vampires have 6-foot long stingers, so...). The vampire blood is now caustic (since when??) and vampires frow wattles (???) even though the Ancients didn't have these...
Also, apparently the UK is largely vampire-free, due to being an island. FYI, ...more
Disappointing end. Not just the ending of the trilogy but the whole book. It tasted so different if compared with the predecessors. I don't even know where to start pointing out the things I dislike from this book. The archangels and Sodom & Gomora & Old Testament tales are so ridiculous I spent much time frowning and shaking my head. Too much deus ex machina here and there. Why can't the authors make an original tale of the vampire creation? And ...more
A father and a son separated across the Atlantic, are two important characters in this third and grand finale of a book. The father Dr Ephraim Goodweather, once a prominent epidemiologist with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, has a very important role, for the end of times is near either for the humans or the vampire race. For some reason, which will be unveiled in ...more
So get this. You know how Chernobyl crashed like 40 years ago, and you STILL need permits to go there, and there are STILL areas that are totally off limits cause they're very dangerous? Well, apparently, this is not the way nuclear waste works in the universe of The Strain. There are going to be spoilers ...more
While there is a bit more history and background information than necessary on how "it" all began in this finale, it was still full of action and very entertaining if you like this genre and accept it for what it is.
The ending was not exactly what I had hoped for, (view...more
The trilogy as a whole is entertaining. Certainly not with great literary quality but it will make, under Guillermo del Toro’s direction, a heart-stopping movie. The writing is not bad. I presume that ...more
Night Eternal: the final installation in the Strain Trilogy. As the title may tell you, you’re in for a very dark and desolate journey. I will keep this short and sweet as much of this novel needs to be experienced firsthand, instead of through a review.
As the story opens, Dr. Ephraim (Eph) Goodweather is still reeling from the loss of his son, Zachary. Due to the vampire nature, his mother Kelly came back for him after she had already ...more
I enjoyed the entire trilogy and the last book was very good, IMHO. It was a page-turner with plenty of action and intrigue, and I enjoyed the biblical implications (whereas others didn't). I liked how the authors explained the rising of the first vampires. It was uniquely different from what we've heard ...more
I found myself rooting for Eph to kick the Masters arse towards the end. What a blaze of glory the ending had. I know, I know, I've said several times how dull this novel is, how much it borrows from Del Toro's other works and genres. I couldn't help it. Damn it, I feel somehow, tainted.
Anyway, so The Night Eternal is the last in Del Toro and Hogan's The ...more
In my life I have bought less than a dozen brand new books in hardcover (when they first came out) and this series (after reading the first book) was one in which I just couldn't wait for the paperback version to come out because I had to buy it. I ...more
This series was a rollercoaster ride! I loved to read this series together with Zwaantina.
I can tell you this; it's a unique series in the vampire-themed books. I loved the fact that del Toro and Hogan weren't scared to make the world in this book AWEFUL. I wouldn't want to live there.
The book really builds up to an ending that could go either way. I felt like the world was lost forever, and a "good" ending wasn't possible in my opinion.
Again, I highly recommend this amazing ...more
Two years have passed since the fall of The Night Eternal. The Master has consolidated his control over humanity by the wholesale slaughter of the leaders, the intelligentsia, the scientists – anyone who might challenge his supremacy – and of those who are elderly or infirm or otherwise incapable of being contributing members of society. In the meantime, humans are controlled by the ...more
Once again we fjnd the ragged, but slowly diminishing, band of survivors fighging a seemingly insurmountable legion of blood sucking evil led by the hellish Master.
This was extremely engaginf and well written and rounded out the series perfectly.
On the whole, the trilogy was also very entertaining, and I would recommend it to anyone who is tired of vampire cliches, as this story creates an interesting new take on the tried and true formula. And ...more
Still, one cannot overlook the good and what this book does good, it does quite well; for instance, ...more
This series has been a mixed bag and although the series was enjoyable at times it just came across as abit silly. I did kind of space these books out abit too much reading one each year so at times it took me a few chapters to kind of remember what happened to certain characters.
The vampires in this series are without a doubt 'The Reapers' from Blade 2 and is even co-written by the Del Toro who ...more
I was hoping that they saved the best for last with the third book, “The Night Eternal”, that it would blow me away with the epic global vampire-human battle for which they seemed to be setting up.
It didn’t blow me away, honestly.
It kind of made me wish that the book would just end. Okay, that sounds bad, ...more
The Night Eternal begins two years after The Fall ends. The Master has orchestrated the end of the human race and instituted ...more
One of the authors, Guillermo del Toro, is a famous director. Perhaps due to the fact that I am not a fan of his movies so I actually think The Strain Trilogy is better excised than del Toro's movies (I've watched three of them).
This series does monsters right by sticking them in a coherent and plausible world. The vampires are realistic, made plausible because of the history the previous books built up, and the occasional explanation of the science behind vampirism. For instance the protagonist is a virus specialist and at one point cracks open a vampire and discovers vampires drink not by ...more
The background story of Quinlan was also good. Although I can’t help but think the whole angels and Old Testament muck is just that. Muck something much more interesting could have been ...more